Former Academic Associates

2017-2018 Class

Julie Falotico, BA

Originally from Long Island, NY, Julie attended Colgate University where she graduated with a BA in Neuroscience and a minor in Women's Studies. While studying at Colgate, Julie volunteered as a research assistant in a Gesture and Language lab and earned high honors in neuroscience by completing her senior thesis on the pharmacology of crustacean serotonin receptors. Julie also served as a neuroscience and statistics tutor as well as a student representative for the Psychology and Neuroscience Program.

Outside of the classroom, Julie was an admissions ambassador, volunteered at a local nursing home, and was a member of the women's club soccer team, Peer Health Educators club, and Friends and Mentors club, where she mentored high school students from a local group home. During the summer of 2015, Julie confirmed her passion for medicine through participating in the Healthcare Exploration Program at Northwell Health, where she shadowed healthcare providers through attending hospital rounds, observing surgeries, and joining EMT staff on ambulance rides and ER admittances. During the same summer, Julie also volunteered as a clinical research assistant at Winthrop University Hospital where she investigated risk factors that lengthen a patient's duration of stay in the Neurology ICU, which was published in Surgical Neurology International. Julie spent the following summer conducting research in a biomechanics/bioengineering lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. In her free time, Julie loves spending time with friends and family, reading, and going to Zumba. Julie is applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2018.

Justine McKittrick, BS

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Justine graduated from Pepperdine University with a BS in Biology. At Pepperdine, she was a member of Alpha Phi and served as the sorority’s director of academics; worked as a biochemistry, human anatomy, and physiology teaching assistant; and studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, for a semester. She was also involved in Pepperdine’s Project Serve program where she led teams on alternative spring break trips in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, one year and to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, another year where they taught English, built a kitchen at an orphanage and gave health lessons at a women’s shelter.

Outside of Pepperdine, Justine became a certified emergency medical technician and volunteered locally in the care extender program at UCLA Medical Center where she served on the program’s recruitment and admissions committees and acted as a department coordinator assistant. Throughout her undergraduate career, she conducted extensive cell biology research and completed an honor’s thesis in biology exploring the effects of vascular endothelial growth factors and stress on cell survival and signaling during blood vessel growth. She presented this research at several symposiums and conferences including the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research and the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference.

In addition to her research at Pepperdine, she worked as an emergency medicine research associate one summer at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. At Christiana, she collected research data on procedures in the ED and during trauma codes, identified and consented patients in several different clinical research studies, and coauthored an article intended for peer review exploring the potential of the Endotoxin Activity Assay to risk stratify septic ED patients. She helped present this research at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. In her free time, Justine loves to run and train for half-marathons, watch stand-up comedy, listen to country music and travel. Justine is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2018.

Sahil Parikh, BS

Originally from Albertson, NY, Sahil recently graduated from Emory University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Predictive Health. While at Emory, Sahil became part of his collegiate EMS unit, running calls on the Emory campus and surrounding area. During the summer of 2014, he continued volunteering as an EMT with Corona Ambulance Corps in Queens, NY, running calls to MetLife stadium and also helped with EMS services on foot as well as first-aid presentations in Flushing Corona Meadows Park.

His sophomore year he became part of Volunteer Emory, attending weekly service trips to help address food insecurities in local metro-Atlanta communities and also attended yearly alternative spring break trips, helping at various homeless shelters, local farms, and low-income housing initiatives. During the summer of 2015, he also participated in clinical cardiology research at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, investigating more efficient ways to detect arterial stiffness in heart failure patients. Sahil continued his research interests at Emory where he worked on a project investigating the role of RNA processing in disorders related to the pons and cerebellum. During his junior year, he joined Project R.E.A.D, where he volunteered at a Down syndrome clinic and mentored a variety of kids. He also helped co-found a chapter of Build-On at Emory, an organization that promotes literacy and builds schools in underdeveloped countries through local fundraisers. In his free time, Sahil can be found spending time with family and friends or playing tennis. Sahil is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2018.

Sarah Gilman, BS

Originally from Long Island, NY, Sarah graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. At Tulane, Sarah was a member of the Student Health Advisory Council and was an ambassador and mentor in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She was also the student coordinator responsible for the creation of a Title IX Video. Passionate about research, Sarah worked in one of Tulane’s psychology labs where she investigated the protective factors that contribute to the psychosocial development and educational adjustment of children. She also worked at the Louisiana Cancer Research Institute, researching the role of genetic instability on cancer progression.

Prior to her collegiate research experiences, Sarah was a research intern at York College for two summers, examining the success of fMRI educational programs for high school and college students and partaking in a study examining inherent bias and racial stereotypes. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, Sarah dedicated her time to shadowing, where she was able to follow emergency room physicians both at East Jefferson General Hospital New Orleans and at North Shore University Hospital of Northwell Health. Also at Northwell, Sarah participated in the Healthcare Exploration Program, gaining exposure to various fields in medicine throughout the duration of the shadowing internship. Back home on Long Island, Sarah has worked as a chiropractic office assistant and volunteered with the American Cancer Society. In her free time, Sarah enjoys singing jazz, dancing, and working out. Sarah is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2018.

Collin Montgomery, BA

Collin recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Global Public Health. He grew up in Charlotte, NC, and moved to a town in southern Virginia called Lynchburg during middle school. He is passionate about working with kids, public health, and the intersection of health and global development. While at UVA, he was a part of many clubs in addition to involvement in research. He served on the Gold Committee for the Global Development Organization, mentoring younger organization members about majors, classes to take, finding internships, and writing CVs while helping organize on-campus events and fundraisers. He was also involved in the Big Siblings program and coached a middle school youth basketball team through the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department.

At the School of Medicine, Collin served as a research assistant for a community-based research project aiming to increase cervical cancer screening rates among rural Latina women in Southwest Virginia. He also partnered with rural health clinics to pilot culturally appropriate and tailored healthcare content regarding the HPV vaccine for this same population. Collin wrote his senior thesis on Evidence Based Healthcare Design, focusing on hospital healing gardens and their effect on stress reduction in both patients and hospital staff. Last summer, he worked as a tobacco control associate for the American Lung Association focusing on expanding the smoke-free housing initiative throughout the greater Chicago area. During college, he completed two different study abroad programs: one in St. Kitts and Nevis studying emergency medicine and disaster preparedness and another in rural Nicaragua studying innovative public health interventions. In his free time, Collin enjoys hiking, attending live music and sporting events, and playing basketball. Collin is applying to medical school for 2018 matriculation and plans to obtain his MD/MPH degree. 

Emma Craige, BS             

Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Emma Craige graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2016 with a BS in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. While at William & Mary, she studied the relationship between community collective capacity and measures of public health as a fellow in SOMOS (Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability), conducting field research biannually in remote northern Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and attending community health conferences at Yale and the University of North Carolina.

In the U.S., Emma also worked as the head medical scribe for multiple emergency departments close to campus, allowing her to interact with patient populations in the inner city, affluent suburbs as well as an underserved rural area and creating a passion for emergency medicine. She also kept busy by volunteering with local ESL middle school students, working as a summer camp counselor with gifted and talented teenagers, and joining the Panhellenic Council as a member of Delta Delta Delta. Emma also studied abroad in Adelaide, Australia, applying cross-cultural psychology theory to the interactions between Aboriginal and European Australians in the modern era. Since graduation, she had been working as a traveling consultant for a national medical scribe company. In her free time, she enjoys working out and live music. Emma will be applying to medical school for matriculation in 2018.

2016-2017 Class

Jeena Moss, BS

A Long Island native, Jeena recently graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Biology. At the GW School of Medicine, Jeena conducted biomedical research in infectious diseases, examining the effects of HIV on Hepatitis C co-infection and alteration of telomerase activity and aging. She also performed research in computer genomics, successfully annotating and modeling the plasma membrane calcium ATPase gene in Drosophila ficusphila. A volunteer EMT throughout college, Jeena designed and delivered lectures to high school students about collegiate EMS and worked as medical personnel at major DC events. In GW’s student EMS agency, EMeRG, Jeena oversaw clinical decision-making and operations as a Crew Chief, facilitated clinical training as a Field Training Officer, and served as Vice President for Human Resources and President of the organization. For her culminating Senior Seminar Project in Public Health, Jeena created a novel global public health intervention aimed at preventing violence against women in the slums of Mumbai, India through vocational training, literacy coaching, and trauma-sensitive yoga. At GW, Jeena danced competitively on the GW Raas team and was an Undergraduate Public Health Representative, campus tour guide, and student orientation leader. When not working or volunteering, she can be found spending time with family, reading, or exercising. Jeena is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2017.

Jia Gao, BS

Originally from Queens, New York, Jia Gao attended the University of Pittsburgh for her freshman year of college before transferring to Cornell University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science. At the University of Pittsburgh, Jia dissected Drosophila ovaries for hypoxia assays using confocal microscopes. During her time in Pittsburgh, Jia was also a coxswain for the university’s rowing team. At Cornell, Jia spent two years working on a USDA-funded research study on improving nutrition and physical activity in children through the addition of school gardens, which culminated in a publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  As an executive board member of Cornell’s Global Medical Brigades, Jia traveled to and coordinated the annual trips to Honduras. Since graduating from college, Jia spent her first gap year as a medical assistant at an Obstetrics and Gynecology private practice in Manhattan and her second year at New York Medical College’s Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences taking first-year medical school courses. Jia is due to complete her Master in Basic Medical Sciences in May 2017 and she is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in fall 2017.

Kendall Carpenter, BS

Originally from Connecticut, Kendall graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in English. Kendall moved to Gaborone, Botswana for a year after graduation where she worked as a Princeton-in-Africa fellow at Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPIA). While there, she wrote psychosocial support curricula for HIV-positive children and adolescents. At Bowdoin Kendall explored her passion for public heath through numerous extra-curricular activities. She co-chaired both the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention and the A-Team, an organization working on creating a healthy and respectful drinking culture at Bowdoin. Additionally, she was a member of Peer Health and a mentor for Females Fostering Leadership in Youth (FFLY), a group that aims to address adolescent health topics with local middle school students through group activities and one-on-one mentoring. While every shadowing and clinical experience has confirmed Kendall’s long-standing desire to pursue a career in medicine, it wasn’t until recently that she decided she would like to pursue a MD/MPH dual degree and possibly enter the field of pediatric global health. Beyond medicine, Kendall is an avid reader and loves adventuring/exploring the world. Kendall will be applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2017.

Louis Nikolis, BS

Originally from Albertson, New York, Louis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science and a minor in chemistry. While studying at Pitt, Louis participated in the development of smartphone application at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. The app aimed to provide a comprehensive resource where wheelchair users could find information on how to obtain, maintain, and use their wheelchair. During the summer of 2015, Louis also completed a study on blood pressure and urolithiasis in children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) of NY, which was published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology. Additionally, he worked as a peer health educator at his school to teach students about health topics which ranged from alcohol safety to fitness and nutrition. After his graduation, Louis traveled to Honduras with Pitt Global Medical Brigades to set up a comprehensive mobile medical clinic in the impoverished community of La Cienega. Louis was an active member of the Rehabilitation Science Student Association and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, where he packaged scrubs for third world countries, played board games with the patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and participated in bake sales to benefit veterans. During his free time, Louis enjoys playing music and basketball, and he shares his love for these activities with his community. He has played music for groups of patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and volunteered as a coach at the Archangel Michael Church. When he is not playing basketball or writing music, you might find Louis at a New York Mets game or at the beach. Louis hopes to become a physician and is applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2017.

Michael Capilupi, MS

Originally from Williston Park, NY, Mike attended the University of Delaware where he graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Bioelectrical Engineering. Mike spent a month abroad in Marseille, France to study materials science. In coordination with the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, he worked on the development of a 3D printed therapeutic horse shoe for the treatment of horses afflicted with Supporting Limb Laminitis. Mike also helped develop a finite element model of a horse hoof to simulate the mechanical properties of a hoof. In addition to his veterinary work, he also shadowed surgeons at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE to find unmet clinical needs in the operating room. He presented his findings at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE. Mike was also involved with Medlife where he traveled to Tena, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. During these trips, he participated in mobile medical clinics in remote villages to help provide culturally sensitive care through the treatment of illness, education about disease prevention and the development of infrastructure. Mike went on to complete a one year master’s program at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA where he earned a M.S in Biomedical Science. During his time here, he conducted a secondary epidemiological study of Medicare beneficiaries to examine the relationship between depression and urinary incontinence. During his free time Mike likes to spend time with friends and family and to travel. Mike is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2017.

Nina Hadzibabic, BA 

As a Serbian-born American, Nina moved to New York at the age of three. She grew up in Roslyn, New York, and graduated from Bowdoin College in May of 2016 with a BA in Spanish and Sociology. She is passionate about research, medicine, and the interconnected field of public health. At Bowdoin, Nina was a Teaching Assistant in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory, where she abetted students through laboratory procedures and directed experimental protocols. Nina volunteered in the Emergency Department at Parkview Hospital in Brunswick, Maine where she shadowed ED doctors, assisted and supported families of patients, and managed emergency room equipment for admissions and discharges.Nina has spent three summers as a volunteer at the Northwell Health System in the fields of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology. She assisted in IRB approval and clinical data collection exploring the effects of certain protein levels on readmission and mortality rates post cardiac bypass surgery. Nina further served as supervisor and mentor of the Impella research intern team, which focused its attention on post-operative outcomes using the Impella device, a technology aimed at improving hemodynamic stability. Nina spent one semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, where she volunteered as an assistant English teacher at local elementary and middle schools and engaged in a Group Communication Exchange to perfect her fluency of colloquial conversation. She served as both a Global and IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Ambassador where she shared her passion for foreign culture as a mentor and resource for international educational events, a peer study abroad advisor, and a developmental assistant in running the program’s online website. Nina has loved both playing and watching sports from an early age, mostly favoring basketball. She played for the U18 Serbian National Basketball team in the European Divison A Championships during summer of 2011 in Oradea, Romania. She continued to play collegiate level basketball at Bowdoin College for two years, during which she also was an active member of Out Allies and a V-Space Facilitator, clubs that worked towards perfecting inclusion and diversity on campus as well as facilitating conversations focused on sexual violence around female teams on campus. Nina loves to travel, exercise, meet new people, and is an avid appreciator of foreign cultures. 

2015-2016 Class

Amy Allen, BA

Originally from Illinois, Amy graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Global Health. Amy moved to Qatar for a year after graduation to work at Weill Cornell Medical College as a general chemistry teaching assistant, where she worked with students from across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Amy is passionate about research, medicine, and international development. At Cornell, she founded a non-profit organization that is working with a rural community in Zambia to build a secondary school and was president of an organization that donated computers to low-income schools, hospitals, and non-profits around the world. During her sophomore year of college, Amy found that she wanted a career in medicine after spending two months in Zambia shadowing in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the country’s largest teaching hospital. Amy also has seven years of research experience in a wide variety of fields. After doing three years of research in high school in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Amy conducted chemistry research at Argonne National Laboratory and Cornell University. Her research at Cornell resulted in three publications. Amy also explored research in the social sciences while in Zambia by working with a peer to design, conduct, and write a paper examining stigmatization and discrimination of epileptic patients in Zambia. The paper was published by a Zambian journal.  Amy loves exploring the world, meeting new people, and is an avid student of the Russian language.

Andrea Bianculli, BS, BA

Originally from North Massapequa, New York, Andrea graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, and a minor in dance.  Andrea also obtained a Certificate of Business Essentials. During college, Andrea worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, served as a teaching assistant, choreographed for her dance company, and volunteered at a local nursing home, soup kitchen, and AI DuPont Children’s Hospital. Andrea served as the Director of Personnel for her ambulance organization, the Vice President of her dance company, and was a co-founder of the University of Delaware chapter of Red Watch Band – an organization that aims to educate college aged students on the signs and symptoms of fatal alcohol overdose, and the steps to take to prevent such deaths. For her senior capstone project, Andrea conducted interdisciplinary research combining her interests in both neuroscience and dance by investigating the connection between neuroplasticity and the improvement of dance technique. During her time as an undergraduate student, Andrea traveled to Tena, Ecuador to volunteer in mobile clinics providing free medical care to impoverished communities. Andrea looks forward to further participating in international medicine throughout her career as a physician. In her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, lying on the beach, spending time with her friends & family, and traveling around the country for Zac Brown Band concerts. This is Andrea’s second year working as an Academic Associate and she is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Colin Crilly, BA

Raised in Ventura, California, Colin Crilly graduated from Vassar College with general and departmental honors as a double major in Biology and Political Science. An inductee into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Colin conducted cell biology research at Vassar College for three years, using confocal microscopy and genetic manipulation techniques to study Drosophila egg development. In addition, he has spent two summers engaged in biomedical research, examining asthma-induced airway constriction at the University of California, San Francisco as well as nutrition-dependent skeletal muscle synthesis at Baylor College of Medicine. Colin was President of the Vassar Debate Society for two years and active in Model United Nations, receiving multiple awards and working as a Teaching Assistant for the program in his senior year. As an Executive Board member of Pro-Health, Colin led fundraisers for Partners in Health and Planned Parenthood along with running a toiletry drive for low-income residents of Poughkeepsie who could not purchase such items with food stamps. He spent a semester studying abroad at University College London, where he mentored students at an underserved primary school and assisted with marketing and publicity for a TEDxUCLWomen conference. His favorite activities include hiking, visiting art museums, going to concerts, and finding the best Indian lunch buffet in every borough. Colin is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Jeanie Gribben, BS

Originally from North Woodmere, New York, Jeanie graduated with high distinction from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Nutrition and Health. At Cornell, Jeanie conducted research on memory development and cognitive impairment as part of the Memory and Neuroscience Lab, and she served as the Lab Coordinator during her senior year.  She worked as a Teaching Assistant for Anatomy and Physiology Lecture and Lab and acted as Vice President of the Cornell chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the National Human Sciences Honor Society. Jeanie served as secretary of her dance group and co-editor for a student-published neuroscience journal, and she was involved with campus public health through the university health services department. Jeanie has spent time mentoring younger students and volunteering at a rehabilitation center, a childcare center, and at several hospitals in the greater New York area. She currently volunteers for the Island Harvest Food Bank as part of the Nutrition and Wellness Task Force. She loves traveling and spent one summer studying in Madrid, Spain. Jeanie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, dancing, and music. She is applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Michelle Kikel. BS

Originally from Northport, New York, Michelle graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Neuroscience. While at Binghamton, Michelle performed interdisciplinary microbiology and bioengineering research, studying the effects of bacteria on bronchial epithelial cells of patients with Cystic Fibrosis. A member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Interdisciplinary Research Program, Michelle has presented her projects at numerous conferences and to the Binghamton Biofilms Research Group.  Michelle has volunteered at Lourdes Hospital, working in orthopedics, pediatrics, women’s health, and emergency medicine. After being accepted to the North Shore-LIJ Summer Healthcare Exploration program, she shadowed medical staff in eight different departments, observed numerous surgical procedures, and attended multiple Grand Rounds, floor rounds, and education forums. While attending school, Michelle worked as a Resident Assistant for two years, along with being the Outreach Coordinator for Irish Student Union and Treasurer for the Pre-Physician Assistant Society. In her free time, Michelle enjoys training for half-marathons and exploring hiking spots throughout the country. Michelle is applying to medical school for matriculation in the Fall of 2016. 

Jeremy Van de Rijn, BS

Originally from Voorhees, New Jersey, Jeremy graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Cell Biology/Biochemistry. At school, Jeremy conducted research with Japanese quail on the relation between stress and aging. He also worked in a molecular biology laboratory at Rowan Graduate School of the Biomedical Sciences researching the yeast mitochondrial genome. Jeremy trained Special Olympians in swimming all four years of college, served as the Interfraternity Council Community Service and Philanthropy Chair, was the Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and created the first annual B+ Challenge at his university in order to raise money for the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. In addition, he worked as an organismal biology teaching assistant and a student medical transport driver while at Bucknell. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and hanging with friends. He recently became interested in parkour and currently trains at a local gym. Jeremy hopes to become a physician and is applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

2014-2015 Class

Katie Bradburn, BA

Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, Katie attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Chemistry and Religion.  She spent one semester of her undergraduate career abroad in Chile, studying Public Health and the traditional medical practices of a local indigenous community, the Mapuche.  During her stay, she completed research on the relationship between spirituality and medicine in the modern world.  She continued this research upon her return in her Senior Honor’s Thesis, in which she completed a scientific and spiritual analysis of the therapeutic activity of herbal medicines.  This project was awarded the Currin Medal in recognition of its merit as an outstanding thesis.  Katie was also selected for the Easley Medal by the Religion Department for overall excellence during her undergraduate career. Additionally, during Katie’s college career she worked as a Habilitation Technician for a special needs child.  It was this work specifically that inspired her to work in healthcare and one day serve as a pediatric health care provider. Katie loves traveling, meeting new people, long runs, and dancing in her free time. Katie is now a first year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Kathryn Brady, BA

Originally from Rye, New York, Kathryn recently graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Economics. At Bowdoin, Kathryn conducted advanced independent research in evolutionary genetics as a research fellow during her senior year. She worked to sequence the complete mitochondrial genome for the follicle mite species, Demodex kutzeri, found on elk hosts. This work has exposed the genetic differences between this more virulent mite species and its counterpart that inhabits human hosts. Her clinical research background includes contributions to a study examining rates of encephalopathy in HIV-positive pediatric patients, evaluating its effect on school performance. Heavily involved with Bowdoin’s Alternative Spring Break Program, Kathryn developed and led her own trip focused on Nutrition and Food Accessibility in New Orleans. She also ran cross-country at Bowdoin during her four years and continues to be a passionate runner, now training for a half-marathon. Outside of her major activities, Kathryn also served as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault on campus and mentored younger students in the sciences by engaging them with her year-long research project. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys traveling, running, and eating baked goods. Kathryn will be applying to medical school for matriculation in 2017.

Lauren Granat, BS

Lauren Granat graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development, with a concentration in Aging and Health, and a minor in Nutrition and Health.  During college, Lauren worked as a Writing Tutor, competed for the Gymnastics Team, volunteered as an Orientation Leader, and conducted Alzheimer’s disease research in the Memory and Neuroscience Laboratory.  After graduating, Lauren completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at Hofstra University and volunteered as a Research Intern in the Department of Emergency Medicine at North Shore University Hospital.  Lauren is fascinated by the brain and loves making jewelry, hiking, vegetarian Mexican food, Grey’s Anatomy, gymnastics, and soy lattes. Lauren is currently a first year medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY.

Dan Leisman, BS

A native New Yorker, Dan Leisman graduated cum laude from Brandeis University where he pursued an interdisciplinary course of study in “Health: Science, Society, and Policy”. Before joining the Academic Associate team, Dan was active in pediatric nephrology research at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He was the lead investigator on a study that examined the effect of blood pressure variability in children with primary vs. secondary hypertension, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Dan gave a platform presentation on the same study at Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) 2014 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, the largest international conference focused on child health research. He contributed to acute kidney injury research that has been presented at PAS and American Society of Nephrology conferences, and worked on hypertension research that has been published in Pediatric Cardiology. In college, Dan worked full-time for the Escort Safety Service, a division of Brandeis’ Department of Public Safety which runs all campus transportation services. He spent two years as Head Coordinator, where he led the four-member management team in overseeing daily operations, coordinating major campus events including commencement and student move-in, and directly supervising over 100 employees. Dan was a member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, and served as the chapter’s president during his junior year. Dan is a classically trained musician who enjoys everything from classical to jazz to deep house. He enjoys traveling, DJing, and would describe himself as a “steak enthusiast.” Dan is now a first year medical student at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY.

Mackenzie Schleicher, BA

Born in Londonderry, NH and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME with a major in Biology. Mackenzie has spent significant time in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Operating Room, Department of Outpatient Physical Therapy, Department of Dental Medicine, as well as the Department of Anesthesia at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In the summer of 2013, Mackenzie served as a research coordinator in the Department of Anesthesia studying the neurological complications resulting from prolonged Trendelenburg position during robotic hysterectomies. The abstract for this research study was accepted by the ASA was presented in Texas in October 2014. Mackenzie went on to complete an Advanced Independent Study in the Department of Neuroscience at Bowdoin College regarding this same topic, entitled “The da Vinci Robot: Its surgical application and the need for standards of proficiency”. Mackenzie is a four-year Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar and a three-time Academic All-American Lacrosse Athlete.  During her junior year, Mackenzie traveled abroad to St. Andrews, Scotland to study cell biology and zoological sciences; she also traveled to France, Germany, and Poland. During her senior year, Mackenzie served as Vice President for the class of 2014. She was also heavily involved in Women’s Varsity Lacrosse, the Public Health Volunteer Group, Out Allies, and a program to feed the homeless, called Food Forward. Mackenzie served as a calculus and chemistry tutor, as well as a lacrosse counselor and coach for Bowdoin College.  She loves running, fishing, listening to music and staying healthy. Mackenzie is in the process of applying to dental school for matriculation in the fall of 2016. 

Patrick Sheppard, BS

Originally from New Hampshire, Patrick Sheppard graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and International Studies. At WPI, Patrick was involved with Engineers without Borders. He was also a Writing Tutor at the WPI Writing Center and a Research Associate on a project to integrate Chinese area studies into WPI’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum. His junior year, Patrick went to South Africa where he grappled with some of the social barriers facing water and sanitation provision in urban slums. This project was an honorable mention for WPI’s President’s IQP Award, and abstracts for the project were accepted to conferences at both Tufts University and UNC Chapel Hill. The summer after his junior year, Patrick worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Clark University on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to analyze the social impact of invasive species as well as the responses to these species from different sectors and at different scales. His senior year, Patrick traveled to Shanghai Jiao Tong University on another NSF-funded project to study the impact of inorganic nanoparticles on the performance of polymeric membranes used for water and wastewater treatment. This project was a top three finalist for WPI’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board MQP Award. Outside of school, Patrick enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and watching Netflix, and he was also a member of Alpha Chi Rho. Patrick is a first year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.

Alexandra Snock, BA

Originally from New York, Alex graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a concentration in Community Health and Health Education. Upon graduation, Alex was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Throughout her undergraduate career, Alex worked with underserved populations in Baltimore as a student medical assistant at a local community health center, as an intern at a non-profit that provides business attire to women transitioning from welfare to work programs, and as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. In addition to her passion for serving the needs of the Baltimore community, Alex is also very interested in global health. She had the opportunity to study mental health in Uganda and traditional medicine in India, Vietnam, and South Africa, and work as a research assistant in Peru. Alex enjoys trying out new recipes and listening to murder mystery audiobooks during her daily commute. She is now pursuing opportunities related to her interest in public health in San Jose, CA.

Chris Valente, BS

Born in Fairport, NY, Chris graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University in January 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. While in college, Chris worked in an organic chemistry lab, where he conducted polymer research. His paper, titled “Dimerization of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Chains Using Radical Trap-Assisted Atom Transfer Radical Coupling” was published in the polymer journal,Macromolecules, in March 2014. Chris also interned for the gastroenterology department at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, where he conducted clinical research in an effort to standardize the use of the HIDA scan. He worked as a calculus tutor throughout college and was also involved in Bucknell’s Reunion Weekend, during which he served as an ambassador for the school’s alumni. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, playing sports, and spending time at the beach. Most importantly, he is an avid New York sports fan. Chris is a first year medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.

Benjamin Wie, BA

Benjamin Wie is a second-year Academic Associate, and will be focusing his efforts on the clinical research studies in the North Shore University Hospital Emergency Department this year. He has played a key role during his first year on several major Performance Improvement projects in the department, including patient flow initiatives and preparations for The Joint Commission surveys. In addition to research, he will continue to be heavily involved in the department’s efforts with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.  He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Society.  At Cornell, Benjamin conducted research in Neurobiology and Behavior as a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar for four years.  These studies examined the mechanisms of learning and recall for olfactory-based learning in mouse and rat models.  Benjamin also played on the Cornell Buds Ultimate Frisbee team, and started on the defensive line his senior year as the Buds advanced to the College National Championship Tournament for the fifth consecutive year.  He was a backpacking guide with Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) and led various backpacking trips throughout the year along with Outdoor Odyssey, a pre-orientation trip for incoming freshmen.  He got his introduction to outdoor education through being a facilitator at the Cornell Team & Leadership, and worked closely with COE’s world-class trainers as Lead Facilitator his senior year.   Outside of his major activities, Benjamin also tutored Organic Chemistry and was trained to be a counselor for EARS, Cornell’s student-run counseling and therapy service.  In his free time, Benjamin enjoys attending concerts, road tripping the East Coast, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Benjamin is a first year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.

2013-2014 Class

Katie Bradburn, BA 
Patrick Sheppard, BS 
Ben Wie, BA

Alexa Dattilo, BA 

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Alexa graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with specializations in Neuroscience and Cancer Biology. In college, Alexa volunteered for hospice, Chicago Lighthouse and Service for Sight through her sorority, and Health Leads, an organization in which advocates collaborate with physicians, social workers, lawyers, and community organizations to connect clients with the necessary resources to improve underlying factors that contribute to their overall health and quality of life. In addition to this, Alexa’s research experience is broad, including work in a biosafety lab with Herpes-Simplex Virus 1, brain-machine interface and its potential future application to prosthetics, a genetics lab researching the genes responsible for anxiety and drug addiction, and the pros and cons of transradial procedures in interventional cardiology. Alexa was a Panhellenic Council member in charge of Events, a recruitment counselor (for two years), and a member of Delta Gamma. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain her senior year, was a member of the Pre-Medical Student Association, and a teaching assistant. In her free time Alexa enjoys cooking and baking, creative writing, riding horses, and exploring New York.  Alexa is currently a second year medical student at New York Institute of Technology Osteopathic School of Medicine in Old Westbury, NY.

Alexa Dryer, BS 

Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Alexandra graduated cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and minors in Chinese and Spanish. Alexandra received 1st place at the IEEE Morton Student Contest for her senior design project, an Endurance Hydration Meter. She was able to merge her Electrical Engineering background with her interest in medicine when she began epilepsy research at Lehigh University; examining post-traumatic epilepsy induced signaling pathway disruption using neural circuit architecture for the application of high throughput drug screens. This study was accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience in May 2013. Alexandra was the Vice President of Chapter Operations for her sorority on Lehigh’s campus, as well as the Director of Member Development and the Assistant Director of the Innovation and Leadership Residency. She was a tutor for Calculus and Spanish throughout college, and a member of the campus Emergency Medical Services. Her international involvement began with a CURE International Missionary trip to Kijabe, Kenya, where she spent two weeks shadowing surgeons in a children’s hospital. She enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and modern art. Alexandra is now a second year medical student at St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.

Claudia Gambrah, BA

Born in Ghana but raised mostly in Texas, Claudia graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish with a concentration in public health. Claudia has worked on public health projects at both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. During her senior year, Claudia received Latin honors for two theses projects: “Johannesburgo y Cape Town: Estudiocomparitivo de los efectos de apartheid” and  “Un rechazo de groupthink: La crónica de Mexico.” During her undergraduate career, Claudia was very involved with the Association of Black Students, serving as President during her senior year. She also tutored Latin American youth in a program called Puertas and taught anatomy and physiology at a local high school. She loves running, dancing, eating ice, listening to music and watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix. Claudia is a second year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Zach Kopelman, BA 

Originally from Atlanta, Zach graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Biology.  During his senior year, Zach served as the president for the Order of Omega Honor society organizing community service and appreciation events for the student body.  Throughout his undergraduate career, Zach conducted cancer research with PC-3 and K7MZ cell lines under the direction of Dr. Mitchell Chernin.  He was a peer=specialist specializing in the health fields at Bucknell’s career development center organizing various health society related events.  Zach was also a student leader and steering committee member for the Bucknell Brigade through which he traveled to the most impoverished areas of Nicaragua bringing medical care and supplies to locals.  He loves skiing in the winter, lying on the beach, scuba-diving in the summer and golf year-round.  Zach is now a second year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus in Suwanee, Georgia.

Zayan Mahmooth, BS, MSPH

Zayan was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and lived and studied in Maryland since he was 12. Zayan completed his B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in three years, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Bioinformatics. During his undergraduate career, he founded the campus Debate team, serving as President. He also mentored disadvantaged Baltimore youth through the Choice program and the Incentive Mentoring Program and volunteered on weekends at Education Based Latino Outreach. Zayan completed his graduate degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, during which he focused on health systems in the International Health department. He was part of the research team on two mental health interventions for torture survivors in Iraq and an evaluation of a mobile health intervention for weight loss for the medically underserved in Baltimore. Zayan is now a second year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tammy Tavdy, BS 

Originally from Forest Hills, New York, Tammy recently graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She holds minors in both Chemistry and Theater Arts, and was named to the Dean’s List for all semesters. In addition to serving as Orientation Leader and peer-mentor for biology majors, she has extensive volunteer experience in both medical and non-medical settings. Her volunteering includes working for a nursing home’s recreational therapy program, serving as a “Brandeis Buddy” for developmentally disabled adults, and informing prospective students and their families in her undergraduate Office of Admissions. She was also a Structured Study Group Leader for the Organic Chemistry Department, and was responsible for teaching recitations, holding office hours, and grading students’ work. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys Zumba and cycling classes, trivia nights, cheering on the New York Knicks, and hopes to do some more traveling in the future. Tammy is currently a second year medical student at New York Institute of Technology Osteopathic School of Medicine in Old Westbury, NY.

Lara Weiss, BSPH

Originally from Short Hills, New Jersey, Lara graduated cum laude in Spring 2012 from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Public Health. She completed a minor in Business Administration. She was inducted into several national and international honors societies throughout her studies. At Tulane, Lara was involved with several organizations including Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and Autism Speaks U. She has extensive volunteer and work experiences in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Following her graduation, Lara conducted clinical research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine investigating the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile-X Syndrome. In her free time Lara enjoys indoor cycling, running, swimming and yoga. She is a second year medical student at Sackler University School of Medicine in New York, NY.

James Zhou, BA 

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, James graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology and Society. In his senior year, James completed his honor’s thesis by examining the protective effects of cysteine dioxygenase deficiency on obesity and weight gain in CDO-knockout mice. James enjoys traveling and has visited Uganda to teach health education and Haiti to implement sustainably-managed water projects. During his undergraduate years, he served as a teaching assistant for introductory physics recitation and laboratory sections. James was also involved in various photography projects and volunteered with several agencies around the Ithaca, NY area. In his free time, James enjoys cleaning, vacuuming, photography, and collecting fountain pens. He is now a second year medical student at New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY.

2012-2013 Class

  • Mark Wu, BS
  • Robert Medairos, BS
  • Emily Kintzer, BA, BS
  • Stephanie Haddad, MD
  • Jenny Goltser, BS
  • Andrew Chen, BA
  • Eric Boccio, BS
  • Natali Baner, BS

2011-2012 Class

  • John Pizzuti, BS
  • Andrew Loftus, BS
  • Danielle Gurr, BA
  • Jill Castaneda, BS
  • Kathryn Bailey, BA
  • Rahela Aziz-Bose, BA

2010-2011 Class

  • Megan McCullough, BA
  • Alvin Lomibao, BS
  • Karen Tenner, BS
  • Robert Spencer, MS
  • Katie Miele, MA
  • Maxwell Mathias, BS
  • Jessy Gatt, BS
  • Sandra De Cicco, MD